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Millburn is a township in Essex County, New Jersey.  As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 19,765, and has a total area of 9.9 square miles, of which 0.5 square miles of it (5.25%) is water.

Millburn Township was created as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1857 from portions of Springfield Township.  Millburn celebrated its 150th Birthday in June 2007.

Millburn is about 15 miles from Manhattan and is bordered by the municipalities of Livingston, Florham Park, Chatham, Summit, Springfield, Union, Maplewood and West Orange.  The West Branch of the Rahway River runs through downtown Millburn.  The township has also become very popular with young professionals moving out of Manhattan, thanks to direct train service to Penn Station.

Millburn also includes the hamlet of Short Hills. Millburn comprises the historic Wyoming district, and South Mountain and Millburn Center areas.  Short Hills contains the sections of Knollwood, Glenwood, Brookhaven, Country Club, Merrywood, Deerfield-Crossroads, Mountaintop, White Oak Ridge, and Old Short Hills Estates.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Millburn as the 53rd best place to live in New Jersey in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.  New Jersey Monthly magazine also ranked Millburn High School as the best high school in New Jersey in its 2008 and 2010 rankings of the "Top Public High Schools" in New Jersey. 

Millburn has one of the largest Jewish communities in Essex County, along with neighboring Livingston and South Orange.  Philip Roth's popular novel Goodbye, Columbus about a newly affluent Jewish family in the 1950s, was set in the Short Hills section of Millburn, and a key scene takes place at the Millburn High School track.

The Millburn Township Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade.  Schools in the district are five K-5 elementary schools — Deerfield Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School, Hartshorn Elementary School, South Mountain Elementary School and Wyoming Elementary School — Millburn Middle School for sixth through eighth grade and Millburn High School for grades 9-12.

Far Brook School is a private, nonsectarian coeducational day school located in the Short Hills section of Millburn for students in nursery through eighth grade.  The Pingry School's Lower School (grades K-6) campus is located in Short Hills.  St. Rose of Lima School is a Catholic school for grades PreK-3 to 8th, operating under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Millburn Township is served by two New Jersey Transit railroad stations along the Morristown Line: the Millburn station, located at the intersection of Essex Avenue and Lackawanna Place near the Millburn Free Public Library, and the Short Hills station, located near The Crescent Street between Hobart Avenue and Chatham Road. The latter station is also the site of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society museum.

In addition, New Jersey Transit operates multiple bus lines along Millburn and Essex Avenues, including the 70 route that stops at the Millburn RR station on a route between Newark and Livingston. The MCM3 Morris County Metro local route also serves the community.

A variety of roads serve Millburn. Major county routes include CR 510, CR 527 and CR 577. Route 24 and Route 124 also pass through along the southwestern border with Summit. I-78 passes through the very southern tip of the township in the area of exit 49.


Points of interest include--
    * Old Short Hills Park -- is open for passive recreation, including walking and picnicking.  It is also home to Greenwood Gardens, located at 274 Old Short Hills Road.
    * Taylor Park -- a 16-acre park nestled on Main Street in the downtown area of Millburn. It features recreational facilities including ball fields, tennis and basketball.
    * Gero Park -- is home to Millburn's pool and Par 3 golf course; also the Gero Park Recreation Building, a playground, and several ballfields; located at 33 White Oak Ridge Road.
     * Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary -- also known as the Hartshorn Arboretum, is an arboretum and bird sanctuary (16.5 acres), located at 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills.
    * The Mall at Short Hills -- The Mall at Short Hills is located between the JFK Parkway, Route 24, and the Canoe Brook Country Club.
    * Paper Mill Playhouse -- Located at 22 Brookside Drive, the Playhouse is one of the oldest regional theaters, Paper Mill was officially designated as the "State Theatre of New Jersey".  Since 1971, Paper Mill has had the New Jersey Ballet as its resident ballet company.
    * B'nai Israel synagogue -- Located at 160 Millburn Avenue, B'nai Israel is an architecturally notable Conservative synagogue founded in 1924.
  * South Mountain Reservation -- Is partially located within the town's boundary, looming north of downtown Millburn.  South Mountain Reservation covers 2,047 acres in central Essex County, in portions of Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange, bordering South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountains.

Some nearby golf courses include--
- Millburn Township Golf Course - 335 White Oak Ridge Road, Short Hills, NJ
- East Orange Golf Club - 400 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills, NJ
- Baltusrol Golf Club - 201 Shunpike Road, Springfield, NJ -- It has hosted several US Opens.
- Maplewood Country Club - 28 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ
- Canoe Brook Country Club - 1108 Morris Turnpike, Summit, NJ

Millburn Farmers Market is located on the corner of Main & Essex St. in the Millburn Municipal parking lot #1 on summer and fall Tuesdays, 8am-2pm.

Some restaurants include--
- Basilico (Italian Northern) - 324 Millburn Avenue, Millburn
- Millburn Deli (Sandwiches/Subs and American) - 328 Millburn Ave, Millburn
- Martini Bistro and Bar (American-New) - 40 Main Street, Millburn
- La Strada Restaurant (Pizza/Italian) - 355 Millburn Avenue, Millburn ?
- Cafe Monet (French) - 309 Millburn Avenue, Millburn
- Gian Marco Trattoria (Italian) - 301 Millburn Avenue, Millburn
- Semolina Restaurant (Italian) - 343 Millburn Avenue, Millburn
- La Cucina/Clemenza's Ristorante (Italian) - 291 Essex Street, Millburn
- Sono Japanese (Sushi and Japanese) - 323 Millburn Ave, Millburn
- Cara Mia (Italian) - 194 Essex Street, Millburn

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Short Hills Park Historic District, Off NJ 24, Millburn

The topography of Millburn has determined its development.  The last glacier that covered North America ended here, forming a "terminal morraine."  As the glacier melted and retreated, it deposited a layer of sand, silt, clay, and boulders over the hard basalt substructure, creating irregular surfaces.

The first inhabitants, the Lenape Indians, beat trails around these small or 'short' hills; streams cascading through them fueled colonial mills and 19th century factories; the railroad was built at the base of their slopes; and developers of suburban homes found knolls and uneven terrain attractive building sites.
 
Millburn Township was once part of Elizabethtown and Newark settlements in New Jersey, created by a grant from Charles II to his brother James in 1664.  In 1793 Springfield Township was created and it included Millburn.  In 1857 Springfield became part of the new Union County and Millburn became a separate township within Essex County.
 
Millburn began as a colonial settlement with agricultural origins, followed by a 19th century mill/factory economy and eventually became a Victorian -- and later -- residential community.  There are many examples of this rich history still present in the township, from the Hessian House, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the many beautiful homes from all phases of our history, to our two historic districts, Short Hills Park and Wyoming.
 
With George Washington's army camped at Morristown and the British attacking through the Hobart Gap,  Millburn was brought into the Revolutionary War.  Washington allegedly viewed his troops from atop a strategic point in the South Mountain Reservation, now known as Washington Rock.  The Battle of Springfield, June 23, 1780, marked the last thrust of the British into New Jersey and the first battle since Bunker Hill won by local militia supporting Continental troops.  A reminder of the war still exists in the Parsil family cemetery on White Oak Ridge Road, where Nicholas Parsil was buried after being killed in a skirmish with the British.
 
After the Revolution, the town underwent another change. The Rahway River was dammed in five places to form mill ponds.  Samuel Campbell built the first paper mill in 1790 and manufactured banknotes.  Most of the early mills were paper mills, among them the Diamond Mill, now the site of the Paper Mill Playhouse, but hat mills eventually became dominant.  In 1835 the Morris and Essex Railroad was finally completed, linking Millburn to the big cities in the east and the coal regions in the northwest.
 
Millburn has had many names, from Rum Brook, Vauxhall, Milltown, and Millville.  In 1857 'Millburn' was decided upon, partly because many of the town's residents were from Scotland and the mill burn (Scotch word for 'river' or 'stream') reminded them of home.
 
Once again, because of location, Millburn underwent the creation of two residential suburbs within its borders.  In 1872 the Wyoming Land and Improvement Company purchased 100 acres of land and the first speculative real estate development was started and named Wyoming. Stewart Hartshorn acquired 1552 acres to build his ideal village called Short Hills, the first planned commuter suburb in America.

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